Hearing Aid Guidelines for Summertime

March 7, 2020 1:01 am Published by Leave your thoughts

With temperatures starting to warm up, it’s time to give summertime hearing aid maintenance in Salinas, CA some thought. If you’re new to wearing an assistive listening device, you might not know how to best protect your hearing aids from sweat, humidity, heat and everything else that comes with spending time in the great outdoors. Even if you’ve been wearing hearing aids for years, you can benefit from the reminder:

  • Keep out of water: This should be a “no kidding” tip, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t realize that hearing aids aren’t exactly waterproof. Prolonged submersion can short-circuit the electrical components of your hearing aids, and moisture trapped inside them can cause mold as well as electrical damage and corrosion.
  • Apply sunscreen carefully: You should be wearing sunscreen every day to protect yourself from harmful UV radiation, but be mindful of how you apply it around your head, neck and ears. The oils in sunscreen can damage the inner and outer parts of your hearing aids, so make sure you take them out to apply around your face, neck and ears, and wash your hands thoroughly before you put the hearing aids back in.
  • Dry out your hearing aids nightly: If you open up the battery compartment on your hearing aids each night, you can let it air out and prevent corrosion and electrical damage.
  • Consider a “dry and store” unit: There are special “dry and store” units with dehumidifiers that keep away moisture, odor and even earwax, which will help prolong the lifespan of your hearing aids.
  • Be mindful of the temperature: Anytime you’re dealing with temperatures on the upper end of the thermometer, you’re risking battery damage and problems with your hearing aids. Be mindful of how hot it is outside, and how much time you spend in the heat. If you don’t have a dry and store unit, try to at least store them somewhere without extreme temperature differences.
  • Stay out of the sun: Don’t leave your hearing aids out in the sun (like when you’re going to the pool, for example). High heat not only causes problems with the batteries and electrical components, but direct sun for long periods of time can melt the plastic and damage the hardware. Your hearing aids are an investment—and for some, a lifeline—so making sure you take care of them is crucial in preserving that investment.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry—we recommend taking good care of your hearing aids so they can take care of you.

Hearing aid maintenance in Salinas, CA

If you need help with hearing aid maintenance, stop by Valley Hearing Center – Salinas today. Our team of audiologists can help fix and clean your hearing aids, change the batteries and more. We know how important it is to have hearing aids you can rely on, so if you’re ready to upgrade, we’d be glad to walk you through your options. Call or stop by today to set up an appointment.

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